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Tie rod should come off easily once the lock nut is loose. I did this once before and it was pretty easy.

Best to loosen the lock nut while the old tie rod end is still in the knuckle. You could always just put it back in and not tighten it all of the way since it doesn't matter if it gets damaged because it is getting replaced.

Sometimes people say to count the turns as you take it off so that the new one can be put on in basically the same place. But that means that the replacement has to be the same size as the one getting replaced. That was not true when I did it so I took a measurement of the distance to the outside of the tie rod end and used that. I was fairly close. You are going to have to get an alignment anyway.
 
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